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Friday, April 7, 2000

Two arrested in pot busts
WASILLA (AP) -- Two men were arrested Wednesday during two marijuana busts in the Palmer area.

Democrat Mark Begich to face Republican George Wuerch in runoff
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Democrat Mark Begich captured 40 percent of the vote in Tuesday's mayoral race, twice as many as runner-up Republican George Wuerch who will face Begich in a runoff election.

Fire at Anchorage tank farm
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A fire erupted Thursday in a nearly empty petroleum storage tank in Anchorage, sending a huge plume of black smoke into the sky. No one was injured and the blaze caused little apparent damage at the Williams Cos. tank farm.

California court dismisses lawsuit against Arco
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal court in Los Angeles has dismissed a class-action lawsuit against Atlantic Richfield Co. by workers who claimed the company wrongly blocked them from accruing benefits while they worked on the North Slope.

North Slope producers negotiate on Prudhoe operations
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Exxon, BP Amoco and Phillips Petroleum are negotiating an agreement to have one company instead of two operate the huge Prudhoe Bay oil field.

Entomologist: Another big crop of beetles expected again this year
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Entomologists and foresters are predicting another bumper crop of spruce-killing insects once the first warm weather arrives in Alaska this spring.

Greenpeace protests Knowles' ANWR stance
WASHINGTON -- Gov. Tony Knowles had just begun his news conference here Wednes-day afternoon when the polar bears showed up.

City workers sue over department cutbacks
JUNEAU (AP) -- The union representing city mental health workers facing termination sued the City and Borough of Juneau and its city manager on Friday.

Conservation group says many states not following federal law
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Three-fourths of the states are failing to address water pollution caused by runoff from farms and forests, ignoring a provision in the federal Clean Water Act, a leading conservation group charged Wednesday.

One tank at Anchorage tank farm ignites; neighbors want more protection
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A jet fuel storage tank caught fire at a large tank farm near the city's docks, sending a thick plume of black smoke over downtown and three workers running for their lives.

Senate GOP brushes aside Democrats' amendments, passes budget
JUNEAU (AP) -- Brushing aside Democrats' pleas for more money for education, the University of Alaska, village public safety officers and public defenders, the Republican-controlled Senate passed its version of the operating budget Thursday.

UAF gets grant to help preserve old films documenting Alaska Natives
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded the University of Alaska Fairbanks a $70,000 grant to help preserve old films documenting Alaska Natives, their activities and their settings.

Feds closing too many backcountry airstrips, some Western lawmakers say
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal agencies are closing too many remote airstrips on government land, limiting access to the wilderness and creating a safety problem for private pilots, some Western Republicans said Thursday.

Jury deliberating in Cominco lawsuit
KOTZEBUE (AP) -- A Kotzebue jury this week started its deliberations in a sexual harassment and wrongful dismissal lawsuit brought by a Native woman against Cominco Alaska Inc., operator of the Red Dog Mine.

Missing Juneau woman found dead
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau woman who walked away from mental health caretakers on Sunday was found dead Thursday, police said.

Court reinstates flight attendant's suit against Northwest Airlines
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A tobacco trial may be on the horizon for an airline that was slower than others to ban smoking on all overseas flights.

Denali puts a sock in group's proposal for howling with park wolves
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Officials at Denali National Park and Preserve have muzzled a wildlife group's plan to conduct a ''howling'' with wolves at the Massachusetts-sized park.

Coast Guard finds marijuana paraphernalia on fishing boat
KODIAK (AP) -- A routine boarding of a fishing boat in Kachemak Bay this week turned into a drug case, the Coast Guard said Friday.

Land trust awarded grant for Holm cabin preservation
KENAI -- The future looks good for the the century-old Victor Holm cabin in Kasilof.

Health care company settles Medicaid fraud case
JUNEAU (AP) -- A health care company has paid the state and federal government more than $1 million to settle allegations of false billings under the Alaska Medicaid program.

$8 million removed from school budget
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Anchorage Assembly has ordered an $8 million cut in the School District's proposed $418.5 million budget in anticipation of voter approval of a statewide property tax cap in November.

Belugas whales return to Cook Inlet
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Belugas whales have returned to Cook Inlet and federal officials are worried they will be hunted.

Senate to vote on Arctic National Wildlife Refuge drilling proposal
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate is scheduled to vote Thursday on a proposal that would open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge's coastal plain to oil drilling.

Anchorage teen convicted of murder
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage teen has been convicted of second-degree murder for shooting his best friend to death in 1998.

Five Alaskans up for Superior Court judge position in Ketchikan
KENAI (AP) -- Five Alaskans are being considered for a Superior Court judge position in Ketchikan.

Committee lays out guidelines for giving back Native remains
JUNEAU (AP) -- A national citizens' advisory panel has proposed guidelines for returning thousands of culturally unidentifiable human remains held in museums to Native Americans.

Bill requires interest paid for child support overpayments
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state would pay interest on some overpayments made to the Child Support Enforcement Division under a bill approved by the House on Thursday.

Three sentenced in cruise-ship waste dumping
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three Holland America cruise line employees were sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Anchorage for illegal waste dumping in Southeast Alaska waters.

Senate votes on Arctic National Wildlife Refuge drilling proposal
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Senate today narrowly voted down an attempt to strike an Arctic National Wildlife Refuge drilling proposal from the federal budget.

Workers approve pact with new owner of Nikiski fertilizer plant
NIKISKI (AP) -- Members of the union representing workers at the big fertilizer plant here have approved an agreement with the company buying the plant from Unocal Corp.

Commercial fishing advocates protest Knowles' nominees to fish council
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Commercial fishing advocates are criticizing Gov. Tony Knowles, saying he did not consult with them before making his nominations to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.

Ekwok man presumed drowned
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man from the Southwest Alaska village of Ekwok is believed to have drowned in the Nushagak River, according to Alaska State Troopers.

University officer honored for actions during standoff
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The University of Alaska Fairbanks gave one of its police officers its Medal of Honor for his part in helping a severely injured man to safety during a standoff last August.

Appeals court reverses in sexual assault case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Court of Appeals this week reversed the conviction of an Anchorage man found guilty of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in 1997.

Belugas whales return to Cook Inlet
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Belugas whales have returned to Cook Inlet and federal officials are worried they will be hunted.

Fleet more than halfway through Bering Sea crab harvest
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Bering Sea snow crab harvest is set to close on Saturday, with fishermen set to collect about $50 million for their catch.

Senate panel approves land grant to Craig
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Senate committee has approved a bill to grant 4,500 acres of land to the village of Craig, on Prince of Wales Island, but only if Congress is willing to buy land of equal value elsewhere in the Tongass National Forest.

Fire destroys laundry at Chena Hot Springs resort
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An early-morning blaze destroyed the laundry facilities at Chena Hot Springs Resort Wednesday, causing an estimated $200,000 in damage.

Fort Richardson team called to dispose of old grenade
KODIAK (AP) -- A bomb squad was dispatched here from Anchorage Wednesday to detonate an old grenade found on a popular beach during an evening walk.

Alaska Communications Systems: $25.5 million loss
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Communications System Group Inc., a major Alaska telephone company, reported a loss of $25.5 million for the portion of 1999 that it operated.

Business briefs
Spring cleanup is May 1 through 6Alaska Gift and Gallery reopensRadio 93.3 plays oldiesBed and breakfast association opens Web siteSoldotna sports show is May 5 through 7 Anchorage sports show comingChamber to visit Fairbanks Outdoors Show Bill would allow crop insurance for salmon fishersAcupuncture association formedChanges proposed to contractor rules

NBA gearing up for changes
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Wells Fargo officials say they're hoping to avoid layoffs when the company takes over National Bank of Alaska.

Building business from the 'grounds' up
FLUSHING, Mich. -- Inside the Coffee Beanery's unassuming headquarters, where the air is thick with the fragrance of coffee, one white wall seems a little off. It's dotted with picture-hanging hooks -- but no pictures hang from them.

LIO Schedule
The Legislative Information Office is located at 145 Main Street Loop, Suite 217 in Kenai. For more information on teleconferences, call 283-2030.

Around the Peninsula
Peninsula Job Center advisory committee to meetBorough trails panel to discuss Iditarod TrailRed Cross offers community CPR-first aid Genealogy society offers help for tracing family treesKenai Historical Society to meet SundayCharter school to conduct enrollment lottery Easter cantata performance time corrected

LIO Schedule
The Legislative Information Office is located at 145 Main Street Loop, Suite 217 in Kenai. For more information on teleconferences, call 283-2030.

Community Calendar
The Community Calendar lists events and meetings of nonprofit organizations. Deadline for submissions is noon the preceding day. To have your event listed, or to change any information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

Community Calendar
The Community Calendar lists events and meetings of nonprofit organizations. Deadline for submissions is noon the preceding day. To have your event listed, or to change any information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

Around the Peninsula
Arts and crafts show to raise money for schoolElks preparing for celebrity basketball gameMeeting place changed for GOP convention

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainment Upcoming EventsDown the RoadAnchorage EventsFilms If you have an event to include in our Thursday InSide section, send the information, in writing, to "What's Happening," c/o the Peninsula Clarion, P.O. Box 3009, Kenai, AK 99611. You also may fax the information to 283-3299 or send it via e-mail to clarion@alaska.net. For questions, call 283-7551. To have your event listed, information must be received by Monday at 5 p.m.

Art Briefs
Watercolor show to open FridayPhotographers guild to host slide show Mass dance concert planned

Hangin' around Artists turn works of art into banners
Mushrooms in a field of ferns, bears making tracks in the sand, girls playing softball on a sunny day, and the moon takes the form of a Native mask.

Blood, bone marrow drive slated for Seward
The Kenai Peninsula chapter of Blood Bank of Alaska is taking its show on the road Saturday.

Agrium, union closer to job terms
Workers at the fertilizer plant in Nikiski can keep their jobs even under new ownership, although it still is undetermined whether they will be able to keep all of their accrued benefits, too.

Photo feature: Learning not to burn
Vean Noble scrambles into a fire safety shelter at the conclusion of a fire line safety refresher course

Kenai cemetery 'landscaping' for airport access raises ire of city council members
There were some very unhappy city council members at Wednesday night's meeting in Kenai.

State employee contracts touted
Bob Poe is out to tear down people's stereotypes.

Sixth break-in forces church to rethink policy
After five break-ins this year, Nikiski's North Star United Methodist Church decided a week ago to change its open-door policy by locking the church's doors at night.

Legislative panel takes up nominations
Controversy over Gov. Tony Knowles' nominations to the panel that writes the rules for federal fisheries off Alaska will likely continue at legislative hearings this afternoon.

Nomination critics muster troops
Commercial fishing advocate Joseph Malatesta Sr. wants to call the governor's bluff.

Assembly resolution fails; state Senate mulls action
The controversy stirred over two appointments to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council is gathering momentum.

Assembly endorses Head Start subsidy
Homer's Head Start teacher scrambles every year to raise the local match for her federal funding. And the time she takes doing it means less time she can spend with Head Start children and parents.

Daphne M. McLane
Kalifornsky Beach resident Daphne M. McLane died Thursday, April 6, 2000, at her home of natural causes. She was 73.

Marjorie Anne O'Reilly
Kenai resident Marjorie Anne O'Reilly died Tuesday, April 4, 2000, at her home from cancer. She was 69.

Frank Lanxon
Ninilchik resident Frank F. Lanxon died March 30, 2000, at the Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 79.

Captive animals raise photo questions
KALISPELL, Mont. -- The photograph is stunning.

Video heats up fishery debate
PHILOMATH, Ore. -- Ron Yechout was elk hunting in the Coast Range a couple years ago when he came upon technicians at the Fall Creek hatchery bashing coho salmon in the head with baseball bats and stripping their blood-red eggs into 5-gallon buckets.

Denali pegged as endangered
WASHINGTON -- The threats facing national parks range from urban sprawl and vandalism to snowmobiles, a private park advocacy group said Wednesday, as it announced the 10 federal parks it considers most endangered.

Nine winners announced in Clarion photo contest
Nine Kenai Peninsula residents have been named winners in the annual Peninsula Clarion Photo Contest.

Big Three turn back clock
The announcer at the ninth green didn't stand a chance.

Masters rookie Dennis Paulson leads after first round
First question to ask: Who in the world is Dennis Paulson? He's a 37-year-old Masters rookie who almost quit this game, one who's endured eight attempts at qualifying school, an abundance of mini-tours, the Asian Tour, the Nike Tour; every tour but the Springsteen Reunion.

Making their points
The top senior high school basketball players from the Kenai Peninsula gathered at Skyview High School Thursday evening and put together an unprecedented display of shooting in the annual Senior All-Star Games.

Track ready for start line
Last year, distance runner Eric Strabel epitomized how hard the Colony boys track and field team was to catch.

Sports Briefs
Senior All-Star Games tip off today at Skyview The fifth annual Senior All-Star Basketball Games are scheduled to tip off today at Skyview High School.<

The Next Level
Soldotnas Mabeus on a roll

Garcia says experience a valuable assett
How valuable is experience at the Masters? Sergio Garcia will be glad to indulge you.

Sports Briefs
Puffins Red wins gold Bantam D tourney this weekend at Sports Center

Woods continues to be favorite
Tiger Woods dominated the Masters Tournament in 1997,

Wolverines dominate 2A/1A team
The Ninilchik High School girls basketball team dominated the ASAA State 2A Basketball Tournament, and this year's Alaska Media All-State selections reflect that feat.

Denali puts a sock in group's proposal for howling with park wolves
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Officials at Denali National Park and Preserve have muzzled a wildlife group's plan to conduct a ''howling'' with wolves at the Massachusetts-sized park.

Beluga whales return to Cook Inlet
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Belugas whales have returned to Cook Inlet and federal officials are worried they will be hunted.

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